Children’s Magical Garden Seeks Last-Minute Funding for Youth Mentorship Project

Posted on: June 19th, 2014 at 6:05 am by
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While still embroiled in legal proceedings over the remaining parcel, the Children’s Magical Garden is pushing forward with its programming. For the last few weeks, advocates have been crowdsourcing to help fund their new youth mentoring project. In this case, it’s a free organic gardening program run by two young women who grew up in the garden and now wish to give back to the community.

The summer garden “camp” would include the following classes:

  • Our community chicken & compost project with kind mentorship by chicken & compost expert Marisa DeDominicis, President & Director of This will make our community’s desire for fresh eggs, magical chickens, and a large community composting site possible! Want eggs? Tend the chickens for a day! The chicken’s food will be provided, in part, from scraps of delicious leftover salad and berries from Tiny’s Giant Sandwich Shop!
  • Free local after-school and summer camp gardening projects such as creating a new food forest full of berries, mint, and fig trees.
  • Teen and child meditation programs in our youth meditation area.
  • An herbal medicine teaching and learning group volunteer-led by garden director Kate Temple-West.
  • Work with local artists, youth, and children on community art projects.
  • A youth council to develop more programs based on the dreams and desires of our neighborhood’s children.

So far, they’ve collected $2,842 of $8,100.

Last year, the HPD bequeathed two of three vacant lots to the Children’s Magical Garden, which has occupied the corner of Stanton and Norfolk for decades. The transfer happened under the auspices of the GreenThumb program. Well, the GreenThumb signs finally arrived earlier this month. Now it’s really official.

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Photo: CMG Facebook

Meanwhile, garden faithful still await a court date over the “adverse possession” case. As previously reported, the Horizon Group hopes to dump a six-story residential building here.

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